TWINS – (Episode 1&2) ®18+
The splashing sound of the water touched his ears. He was enjoying the feel of the cold soft beach sand on his feet as he stood watching the mighty Zambezi River. His thoughts clear but frightening at the same time, the phone call he just received had spoiled his wonderful first anniversary. It was the 5th of August, exactly a year after Mike had married his beautiful woman, Isabel, she was the woman of his dreams and he wouldn’t ask for anything more. She was beautiful, loving, funny, a good cook, romantic and so caring, he knew whatever may come the woman he married would stand by him and support him.
5th of august was not just Mike’s wedding anniversary date, it was his birthday, he and his twin brother, were born 32 years back on the same day him coming a few minutes after his elder brother Jake. Even though it was hard for him to think of his brother and stay with clear thoughts. Mike did not have the best story to tell about his brother, in fact the only secret about himself that he had held from Isabel was the fact of him having a twin brother. She was aware of most of his life story but never came to know that Mike had a brother.
“Hey my sunshine, you have been quiet for a while, what is wrong? Are you feeling okay?” Isa asked her husband holding him from his back as her bare stomach touched his back. She was clad in a blue bikini letting her long weave loose she pushed it back a little before kissing his soft back skin. She lifted her short self a little bit to reach his neck and kissed it gently.
“Babe, I have to go” Mike spoke turning to look at her, “what? Have to go? Where? What happened Mike?” she asked feeling something was wrong with him.
“Well, I have received a very important call and I need to get back to Kitwe today.
“Well, well, easy Mike. Tell me what’s going on you freaking me out. Please calm down my love” she held his hand talking him away from the water.
“Listen my love, am sorry, I know I promised we would spent the whole week here but you have to understand. This needs my urgent attention and we have to leave now” Mike looked at his wife his gaze serious and his eyes filled with what Isa could not ascertain. He looked terrified more that worried.
“Babe, you always tell me what’s up with you. Please tell me what the `it` is please, is it something with work? “She asked still refusing to take a step to leave as he pulled her off the shores.
“I know this is sudden and its unfair, am truly sorry my love but I cannot tell you. This I have to sort out on my own” Mike tried to make Isa understand but she even become more worried and confused. She had never seen him that petrified before.
“No!” she bellowed stopping him from moving.
“ No Mike, don’t you dare do this to us, am 3 months pregnant and this is our day, don’t take this away from me please, don’t do this my love” she cried holding on to his hand.
“I am so, so sorry my love, I truly am. The last thing I wanted was to hurt you. I promise I will make it up to you some other time. For now I want you to trust me and please come with me, we have to drive back before it gets back, we can make it to Kitwe by morning. When everything is done and settled I will be able to explain everything to you. All I ask is this last time chance for you to trust me. “Mike pleaded with his wife holding both her hands in his.
“Please” he exhaled deeply
“I don’t…” she almost spoke but he cut her short.
“Please, please Isa, can we go now?” He nodded his head.
They walked back to the room they had booked in and Mike silently packed the bags as his wife stared at him without a word. She had changed into a short dress and put pumps on her feet.
He led her outside after he was done loading everything in the car outside.
‘’ put on a seat belt Isa” he spoke in a soft pleading voice.
She obeyed without looking at him, her face towards the window she watched the River as they drove out the shores of the Zambezi River in Siavonga. She had no way of explaining how disappointed she was feeling, her loving and caring man has of late been treating her with less of regard. She was feeling his love less everyday even when he kept assuring her he still loved her. “What the hell is going on?” she asked herself pushing back the tears in her eyes.
Mike`s phone rung a fifth time and she looked at him seeing he kept driving and totally ignored it.
“Is it a woman? “She asked giving him a deep look.
“What?” he quickly looked at her “oh my God Isa, is that what you think this is all about? Come on, you know I can never cheat on you, I love you and you know that. “He tried to touch her hand but she pushed him away.
Mike shook his head wishing there was a way he would make her understand how much he loved her and would never think of another woman, how was he going to tell her his own twin brother was out to haunt him and he had to find a way of keeping both of her and his unborn child well and alive.
He just received a call which made him shiver. His brother’s deep voice came through the ear piece.
“Hey twinny! Missed me?” he had asked and Mike had looked at his phone just to try confirm he was talking to a human being
“Jake? “He had almost chocked on his voice.
“yeah sure, how can you forget my voice brother, you and I speak exactly the same” came Jake`s laugh making Mike`s hand sweaty.
‘’ how did you escape prison you devil? “Mike responded almost in a whisper as he looked back at Isa who was swimming to make sure she wasn’t getting him.
“I need to see you now brother, come meet me now” Jake had told him
“You are out of your mind if you think am coming to see you. I know you just escaped and the police will find you soon and take you back to prison where you belong” Mike scoffed angrily
“I know you took that your wife on a trip and I want you back right away or you will regret. Start driving that your car and meet me here tomorrow or she dies” Jake had warned him and cut the line. Knowing the kind of person his brother was, he knew he was not to take him casually. His main priority would be to make sure Isa was unharmed.
Mike was lost in thoughts thinking about what had happened back at the beach, when the phone rang again, this time he picked it.
“Am on my way damnmit!” he yelled and cut the call turning his phone off instantly. Isa looked at him and shook her head without saying another word, she closed her eyes trying to get herself to sleep.
Mike looked at the stretched road ahead of him as the beaming lights of the vehicle lit the way. He was driving at a speed beyond what he had always considered normal. His mind lost in thoughts he could not give himself chance to take a look at his wife who was now fast asleep in the seat next to him. Wishing he could change the hands of time and do more to help his deranged brother, he sighed deeply at such tormenting thoughts.
Growing up, Mike and Jake had different childhood experiences with Mike having a life that Jake consider better than what he himself had. Although mike always argued that wasn’t the case, he could never get to convince his brother that he had to fight hard to get through his own hardships unlike Jake who gave up and resorted to play a blame game for every person in his life.
Jake even blamed mike for being born after him, claiming if he was the only child born from his mother, she could have lived longer to take care of him. Now that she had to struggle with raising two children alone after their father abandoned them. Mike was different from Jake though, instead of drowning himself in self-pity, he decided to look for his father at the age of 12 and moved in with him, getting an education and a much better life than his brother.
Jake had refused to have anything to do with his father he chose to stay on with his mother until she died of Malaria when he was only 17 years old.
Being identical twins was the only thing the two had in common, everything else was different. Mike was a calm and collected sensible person who always stayed optimistic and hard working. He took every chance he got to better his life even at the slavery treatment he had to receive from his step mother and step sisters and brothers.
On the other hand, Jake was so outgoing and mostly unreasonable, he acted on impulse and was never ready to work his butt out for a better life. He found it easy to blame others for his letdowns and took every opportunity to benefit from those around him. The more reason he always found himself in a lot of trouble.
Seeing the twins together, most people found it very hard to tell one from the other. They spoke the same way, they had the same physical appearances and people said even their gestures were similar. The two were always mistaken by those who met them at different places. Mike had to get used to hear people call him Jake and sometimes even some girls Jake used to play around with would confront him over some silly affairs he had to struggle to settle the issues. He had to suffer some degradation in public for the crocked ways of his brother, especially after their mother died and Jake started doing some sloppy and con businesses.
Mike recalled a day when he was coming out of a mall and a woman hauled him by the shirt asking him to pay him what he was due to her. “Woman I don’t know who you are and what you talking about,” he tried to defend himself.
“you are so stupid if you think you can play dumb and pretend you don’t know me when you got money from me!” the loud woman yelled attracting people’s attention.
“Am sorry, but…” he couldn’t finish his sentence and realized what that was all about.
“Jake” he shook his head breathing deeply.
“ listen lady, am sorry for your money but trust me I may look like him but am not the person you are thinking I am, I have a twin brother Jake, am sure he got your money “ he explained trying to calm her down.
“hahhahaha that’s a good one Jake, you suddenly have a twin brother huh? Well you will give me my money today twin or not. I swear I will humiliate you in this place” she gnawed angrily.
Mike looked at her undone hair, her face covered in anger and her mouth moving fast as she spoke, he knew he had no chance at all, so he sighed knowing what he was to do. Pay for his brother`s sins again.
“Okey mama, let go of my shirt you are embarrassing me, now tell me, how much my brother owes you?” he asked calmly.
“You are something else Jake, anyway, its K1000 “She looked at his face mockingly.
“What? Okey” he quickly stopped himself.
“Let’s get to the ATM machine I withdraw it for you cause I have no money on me right now” he told her.
Mike sighed deeply at the memories from his past, he realized they were just getting to Lusaka and it was morning. Slowing down he parked at an eating place and looked at his wife who had slept almost the entire trip.
“Love, hey Isabel” he shook her touching her shoulder.
“Let’s get something to eat love, we are in Lusaka” he tried to smile at her sleepy face as she stretched out.
“Am not hungry” she frowned looking away.
“Isa come on, we both know how hungry you are always especially with the pregnancy, come on now don’t do this to me. Let’s go” he pleaded holding her hands.
“I know you are upset with me but do it for our baby, I love you Isa and am sorry please listen to me my love. I cannot afford having you mad at me like this. Whatever am doing am doing it for you and our child, you have to trust me” he pleaded his face somber.
“Please” he looked into her eyes as she turned to look at her.
“I love you, but you are acting bizarre and I hate it Mike” she looked at his eyes.
“I know and I promise I will explain everything soon enough.” He smiled holding her chin and lifting her face towards him. He planted a soft kiss on her lips and she held on to him.
“I need ….“
“I know” he cut her, “bacon or lamp steak and fries” he smiled still holding her.
“Yeah” Isa smiled broadly.
“And icy coke too” she added
They walked to the restaurant hand in hand. Isa knew mike loved her and he always found a way to make her feel good about everything. He would be so silent and thoughtful sometimes, but she knew he had his own way of showing her what she meant to him. She was the outgoing type of a woman and she had always tried to get him to be more social and take him out for outings. She had to drag him off his office desk sometimes just to get him take some time off work. But she still loved him.
“Babe!’ mike called out bringing her back to the moment.
“What is Mike?” she asked gathering she was not paying attention.
“I was asking how many bottles of coke i should order for you.” Mike asked her.
“Just get me as many, its daylight and I know I will need more as we drive home” she replied shrugging.
She watched as mike made the order and paid with his card. They sat down waiting for their order to be ready and she noticed Mike checking his phone again.
“s***!” he cursed his face turning into a frown again.
She almost opened her mouth to ask what it was but recalling the last night argument, she decided to pass it. She shook her head as she watched him read what was sent to his phone and noticed his fist was almost shaking.
“Excuse me love, let me make a quick call” he looked at her and she nodded her head.
“Go ahead love” she smiled approvingly.
“How dare you go to my house you jerk? I told you am on my way” Mike whispered in the mouth piece immediately he got out the restaurant.
“Well, bro, I tried to call you and you switched off the line. Guess what? Your maid just served me a nice meal and am relaxing on this beautiful couch enjoying myself.” Jake mocked him.
“ Oh, I almost forgot, your sister in law is such a cute little thing, she just walked in and looks so s£xy, sad she doesn’t seem to like you so much cause she didn’t even notice you are in the house” Jake added making Mike shiver in rage.
“Get out of my house Jake, I swear……”
“What?” Jake challenged him.
“Please don’t mess my life Jake. What do you want?” mike sank his voice
“I want your life dummy! You took everything and left me with nothing man, this time in want the good life too and you will get to experience my life too.” Jake smiled proudly as he took a bite on the sausage he had been served.
“What is that supposed to mean Jake?” Mike asked ignoring the irritating sound of his brother chewing loudly.
“Get over here brother! We got a lot to talk about. For now I will sleep in your bed and rest. You know the cops are everywhere looking for me and I cannot risks hovering around” Jake sighed.
“You cannot be at my house Jake, am on my way and my wife….” He almost spoke but Jake cut him.
“When I do my nap, I will leave before you come. But bear in mind that if you don’t show up before evening, you will lose everything Mike and am damn serious!” Jake scolded and cut the line leaving Mike stoned in one place.
H looked around and back seeing his wife watching him from inside.
‘’ calm down Mike, calm down you can do this.” He told himself and turned to walk back in to join his wife
‘’ not yet?” he asked her faking an okey smile, but Isa could see through his lie.
“Nearly I guess” she shrugged holding his hand firmly.
“I hope you get better soon my love. I don’t like that you look worked up” she smiled at him and he smiled back.
“Yeah I hope so too my darling, I really hope so” he frowned sitting back in his chair.